Jeff Shaara

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Jeffrey Shaara
Jeff Shaara at a book signing in Dallas, TX.
Jeff Shaara at a book signing in Dallas, TX.
Born (1952-02-21) February 21, 1952 (age 68)
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Alma materFlorida State University
GenreHistorical fiction
Notable worksGods and Generals, The Last Full Measure
RelativesMichael Shaara (father)

Jeffrey M. "Jeff" Shaara (born February 21, 1952) is an American novelist, the son of Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Shaara.[1]


Jeffrey Shaara was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 1974 with a degree in Criminology[2] and lives in Gettysburg.[3]

He wrote Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, which are the prequel and sequel, respectively, to his father Michael's award-winning novel The Killer Angels.[4] Jeff followed his father's footsteps upon the latter's death, writing historical fiction and documenting the American wars and their most historically relevant characters. In total, Jeff has written fifteen New York Times bestselling novels.[5]

Jeff delivered the commencement speech at University of Delaware's 2005 undergraduate ceremony. Jeff has deemed this "one of the most important moments in his life." [6]

He completed a trilogy in 2010 about World War II in the European and North African theaters. A fourth World War II novel, titled The Final Storm, covers the end of the war in the Pacific, and was released on May 17, 2011.[7]


Shaara has received the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction from the American Library Association in 2018 for The Frozen Hours,[8] in 2005 for To The Last Man: A Novel of The First World War,[9] and in 1997 for Gods and Generals.[10] The American Library Association's Reference and Users Services Association recognized The Steel Wave as a 2009 Notable Book.[11]

He has also been awarded the Lincoln Forum's "Richard Nelson Current Award",[12] New York Civil War Round Table's "Bell I. Wiley Award",[13] and Florida State University's "Artes Award" as a Distinguished Alumnus.[14] In 2011, Shaara was inducted into the FSU College of Criminology Hall of Fame and awarded FSU's first annual Distinguished Writer's Award.[15]

Film adaptations[edit]

In 2003, Warner Brothers made the major motion picture Gods and Generals, which was based upon his book of the same title.[16]


  • Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground (2006) ISBN 9780345464880



  1. ^ "CNN - Like father, like son - July 14, 1998". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  2. ^ "Author Q&A: Jeff Shaara". The Clarion Ledger. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  3. ^ "Jeff Shaara | Penguin Random House". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  4. ^ "Bookmarks Presents Jeff Shaara, Best-Selling Military Author - Salisbury Post". Salisbury Post. 2017-05-28. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  5. ^ "Jeff's Bio | Jeff Shaara". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
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  7. ^ "The Final Storm: A Novel of World War II in the Pacific (World War II: 1939-1945 #4)". Goodreads. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  8. ^ CMALDEN (8 May 2018). "'Frozen Hours: A Novel of Korean War' by Jeff Shaara wins 2018 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction". News and Press Center.
  9. ^ "W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction | Awards & Grants". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  10. ^ "W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction | Awards & Grants". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  11. ^ "Awards and Honors". Archived from the original on 2014-12-21.
  12. ^ "lincolnforum | Richard Nelson Current Award". lincolnforum. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  13. ^ "Civil War Round Table of New York | Bell I. Wiley Award". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  14. ^ "Vires, Artes, Mores | A university-wide donor recognition society". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  15. ^ "JEFF SHAARA".
  16. ^ "Gods and Generals". Retrieved 2018-11-27.

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